Setting sail with Alinghi

Plus World Cup rugby preparations and the Soweto cycle race.

Alinghi in training

The race for sailing’s most prestigious prize – The America’s Cup – begins on Saturday.

Alinghi shocked the yachting world in 2003 by winning The Auld Mug on their debut.

Now the Swiss team must contend with the pressure of defending the cup as they face a rematch with fierce rivals Team New Zealand.

Sportsworld’s Carrie Brown went inside Alinghi to find out how the crew are coping with the weight of expectation.

Cup Chances

Jason Leonard and Johan Lomu

The top teams in world rugby are making their final preparations for this summers World Cup.

It is shaping up to be one of the closest tournaments in the event’s history.

Former England prop, Jason Leonard, and former All Blacks winger, Johan Lomu, visited Malaysia recently, so Wayne Hay went to meet them to get their predictions.

Tour of Soweto

The Soweto cycle race

Soweto in South Africa is no stranger to world headlines.

Home to scores of prominent freedom fighters it was the scene of many anti-apartheid rallies – among them the 1976 Soweto riots.

Recently, the townships have again drawn international attention – only this time for a race, rather than a rally. 

Next week’s Sportsworld will be presented from Venezuela ahead of football’s Copa America.

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